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Course 3 Lesson 3: My Loud Mother (Comprehension)
Post Date: 2021-11-21 20:31:21
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2020 Oct 15
Hi, I am a bit confused about the use of 私のお母さん。So far I thought that when I talk about MY mother, I should use はは。Did I misunderstand? Does somebody know the rules for that? THX
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Post Date: 2021-11-21 23:52:38
2021 Feb 28
As far as I know, you use お母さん when speaking about your mother in informal situations (speaking to friends and family) and 母 when speaking about your mother in formal situations. That’s the gist of it, at least.
JFZ Teacher (Kanako)
Post Date: 2021-11-25 00:59:15
2003 Mar 03
Thank you for the correct explanation, Jose7822-san.
おかあさん can also be used when you talk about someone else's mother.
きょう、おかあさんは しごとですか。(KYOU, OKAASAN WA SHIGOTO DESUKA)
= Is your mother working today?
おかあさんは、おげんきですか。(OKAASAN WA OGENKI DESUKA)
= How is your mother?
When talking about your own mother:
ははは、とうきょうに います。(HAHA WA TOUKYOU NI IMASU)
= My mother is in Tokyo. - sounds formal
おかあさんが だいすきです。(OKAASAN GA DAISUKI DESU)
= I love my mother. - sounds informal/endearing
Keep up the good work :)